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Robin Skelton (12 October 1925 – 22 August 1997) was a British-born academic, writer, poet, and anthologist.



Born in Easington, Yorkshire, Skelton was educated at the University of Leeds and Cambridge University. [1] From 1944 to 1947, he served with the Royal Air Force in India. He later taught at Manchester University, where he was a founder member of The Peterloo Group. In 1963, he emigrated to Canada, and began teaching at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. [1]

Skelton was an authority on Irish literature. He is well known for his work as a literary editor; he was a founder and editor, with John Peter, of The Malahat Review , and a translator. Known as a practising Wiccan, Skelton also published a number of books on the subject of the occult and other neopagan religions.

Georges Zuk, a purported French surrealist poet, was a heteronym created by Skelton.

Writers he influenced include Jordan Stratford. [2]








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  1. 1 2 Silkin, Jon (27 August 1997). "Obituary: Professor Robin Skelton". The Independent. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  2. Stratford, Jordan. "The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency - Author Q&A". Random House Kids. Retrieved 26 February 2017. What has been the greatest influence on you with respect to encouraging you to write and become a published author? In my teens, I grew up, effectively, in my girlfriend’s house. Her father was Robin Skelton, the poet and professor, who hosted a weekly salon of writers and artists. The university would fly in all kinds of amazing voices from all over, they’d do a reading, we’d go out for dinner and come back to this sprawling Victorian pile and party into the wee small hours, reading each other’s poetry. And do it again next week. And I thought, this is it. A life of arts and letters. Gallery crawls every Sunday, readings every Thursday, and scrambling like hell to create something new to share for next week. Never looked back. Why would I?